When hell (if you can get through that without welling up, you have a heart of stone) subsides, we will hear the predictable next phase in the cycle, renewed calls for diplomacy and an aggressive "peace" plan. Envoys will work the corridors, people will fly around the region, maybe even a summit. Nothing will come of any initiative, because nothing every does, always some unravelling or line in the sand to dampen prospects. I suppose one could argue a new American administration leaves some room for optimism, but really we all know better by now. Instead of diplomacy, wherein two parties meet to discuss terms, then never reach any agreement, clearly the time has come to forget about the "two parties".
The rest of the world knows well the points of contention, and they know that no lasting peace will every be achieved unless these issues are dealt with in a substantive way. Under all the rhetoric, there really is a common sense solution, that can be achieved, if the "two parties" aren't part of the settlement. It is time for the world, more correctly, the Americans, to dictate the terms of a peace agreement, and use it's leverage to demand compliance. Israel refuses to accept new borders, then American support is off the table. The Palestinian people refuse to abandon Hamas, any entity which doesn't accept Israel's existence, forget about aid, forget about enforcing the dictated settlement.
There is one simple fact here, Israel must make real concessions for a lasting peace to exist. It isn't unreasonable to stop settlements, return land, allow Palestinians the right of return. Additionally, the idea of a shared Jerusalem, that becomes a symbol for joint existence, essentially the property of collective peace, is a essential concession, that is entirely valid. In return, the world community will exert maximum pressure on any entity or rogue nation that threatens Israel.
You can't expect any "side" to not act in it's self interest, which in this situation equates to eternal stalemate. Rather than the world community cobbling together temporary declarations, maybe it's time to abandon the notion of signing ceremonies and shuttle diplomacy that will invariably come in the aftermath. People already know what has to happen for a lasting peace to take hold, rather than mediating any negotiations, we need a judge that will enforce the new laws. The next time the "two sides" sit at a table, they should be presented with their peace agreement, because quite frankly they've lost the ability or the moral authority to find a solution. Anyways, back to the insanity of tank shells firing at shadows, thinking that represents security and everybody rationalizing who's "right".